Texas House of Representatives, Rep. Sylvester Turner
Student: Government Junior
Position: Legislative Research Intern
My current internship experience for the fall semester was spent working as a Legislative Researcher with State Representative Sylvester Turner’s office who represents District 139 out of Houston, Texas which is located in Harris County, Texas. During the past 16 weeks I worked 10-12 hrs. per week mainly researching several pieces of legislation which were passed during the 82nd Texas Legislature which ended its session on June 30, 2011.
My main responsibilities were to make sure each bill which was passed and signed by Governor Rick Perry and became law on January 1, 2011 were researched and rewritten into simple language in order that the average person who votes would understand what exactly the bill passed would accomplish or what its main focus was or intent for the State of Texas. I spent a lot of time researching various bills such as the Pay Day Loan bill and educational bills which passed that would affect students directly whether it be k- through 12th grades or educational bills which directly affected current educational issues debated in Higher Education. I also attended several committee meetings on various bills which were passed this past session in which Commissioners and State Dept. Agency heads would give oral and written testimony on how specific policies and procedures were going to be carried out in their particular agency by each bill passed into law pertaining to their particular agency of State Govt. EX: T.E.A., Texas Department Human Services.
I enjoyed very much interning as a legislative researcher intern. I was able to put into practice everything that I learned in my public policy course and other Government courses which I completed as Govt. is my major field of study with a minor in Information Studies. I also was able to learn about and gain a more practical understanding about how state Government and elected State officials work with each other between various agencies to ultimately accomplish their goals for the people whom they represent for the State of Texas. If your major is Govt. I would highly recommend that you pursue internship opportunities with the Texas Legislature or with the Office of The Governor for the state of Texas.